In an unexpected move the first official Presidential candidate for 2016 is former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb from Virginia. He announced the launch of his exploratory committee in a letter on Webb2016. The letter begins:
I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to ask you to consider the most important question facing America today: Is it possible that our next President could actually lay out a vision for the country, and create an environment where leaders from both parties and from all philosophies would feel compelled to work together for the good of the country, despite all of the money and political pressure that now demands they disagree?
As one who spent four years in the Reagan Administration but who served in the Senate as a Democrat, I believe it is possible. It is also necessary. We desperately need to fix our country, and to reinforce the values that have sustained us, many of which have fallen by the wayside in the nasty debates of the last several years. I hope you will consider joining me in that effort.
It is hard to see exactly where or how Webb would really get traction versus Hillary Clinton, but as Senator one issue Webb was very good on was criminal justice/prison reform. If his campaign managed to raise the profile of this important issue, that would at least be a positive development for the country.